It’s no mountainside onsen, but for a mere ¥460 weary shoppers can escape the crushing Omotesando and Harajuku crowds and enjoy a much-deserved soak in one of the fashion epicenter’s more affordable luxuries. Simultaneously compact and spacious thanks to the high ceilings and minimalistic interior, patrons can expect jet blast massage seats, an ice bath and a milky herbal bath in addition to the customary hot baths. However, the normal ticket does not include sauna access, towels, shampoo or conditioner. The solution? Feed more coins into the ticket machine or pick up toiletries at a drugstore down the street.
Cafe & Bar N331
Located in a remodeled station directly between two Chuo Line tracks running in opposite directions and the Sobu Line in the distance, N3331 is indisputably the perfect place to unwind and literally watch the lifeblood of Japan’s transportation system in action. Throw in quality coffee and the mingling of jazz with the muffled rumble of passing trains and you’re in for an unparalleled dining experience. As for the cafe’s namesake, the “N” represents “Nippon,” “new” and “next” while “3331” references ippon-jime — three sets of three claps ending in a final clap to signal the end of certain celebrations.